ENEX13001 - Instrumentation and Industrial Automation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of industrial instrumentation and automation systems. You will learn the principles of operation of different sensors, actuators, instrumentation amplifiers, and industrial data communication busses. You will also learn noise cancellation and signal conditioning, sensor and actuator interfacing, programmable logic controller (PLC) programming, and process control. You will learn how to specify the requirements for sensors, actuators, and control equipment for a given task, evaluate multiple options available and select the best combination of them for your design. You will also design, fabricate, and program production lines for a given product using industry-standard components and PLCs. You will carry out product line programming using a simulated software environment. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: ENEX12002 Introductory Electronics OR (ENEE13018 Analogue Elecctronics & ENEE13020 Digital Electronics ) AND ENEE12016 Signals and Systems

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student survey
Feedback
The labs with MPS systems were very interesting and relevant.
Recommendation
The Laboratory experiments will be the same for future offerings.
Action Taken
This practice was changed due to the COVID-19 related delivery, but will be back to the same as in 2019 when operations return to normal.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
PLC programing is a valuable skill developed through this unit.
Recommendation
The Laboratory experiments with PLC programming will be the same for future offering.
Action Taken
This practice was changed due to the COVID-19 related delivery, but will be back to the same as in 2019 when operations return to normal.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
It would be helpful if more guidance is provided for laboratory report writing.
Recommendation
More specific guidelines will be provided about the laboratory report writing.
Action Taken
More guidance provided on lab report writing.
Source: Discussion with students in tutorial class.
Feedback
Students want to have hands-on practicals on MPS systems.
Recommendation
Hands-on experiments with MPS systems will be reinstated when the COVID-19 related situation returns to normal and face-to-face laboratories are reinstated.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Discussion with students in tutorial class.
Feedback
Students appreciated the evening tutorial discussion class where all the working students can participate.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback survey.
Feedback
Moodle navigation needs to be improved.
Recommendation
Moodle navigation will be improved through the CQUrenew process guidelines.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback survey.
Feedback
Feedback on assessment items needs to be improved.
Recommendation
Feedback is given on the returned answer script and further detailed feedback provided in the discussion class when students request. This practice was highly appreciated by participating students, however, those who didn't participate in the discussion class missed this opportunity. In the future, this will be communicated to students in advance to encourage everyone to participate in the discussion class.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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